Common Core State Standards: Writing

Text Types and Purposes

W1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

W2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

W3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.


Production and Distribution of Writing

W4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

W5 With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

W6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others.


Research to Build and Present Knowledge

W7 Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

W8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

W9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


Range of Writing

W10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.


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